Biography of Edward D. Coberly
Franklin County, Ohio Biographies





Edward Dwight Coberly is a substantial and well known citizen of Columbus, where he is identified with the Hocking Valley Railway as chief clerk of valuation. He was born at Georgesviile, Franklin County, January 4, 1879, the son of Edward Newton and Melissa (Scott) Coberly.

Edward Newton Coberly was bon at Newport, Madison County, Ohio, August 7, 1853, the son of William and Margaret (Gardner) Coberly. His wife, born at Georgesviile, Franklin County, January 19, 1853, was the daughter of William and Martha (Upp) Scott. Edward Newton Coberly taught school in the common schools of Franklin County for a period of ten years when a young man. On April 15, 1882, he entered the mercantile business at Georgesville, Ohio, and still conducts his business on the same site where he started nearly fifty years ago. He is also largely interested in agriculture and stock raising. He has always been a leading Republican, although he has never sought office at the hands of the party. His wife died June 8, 1917, and is buried in Oak Grove Cemetery, Georgesville, Ohio. Two children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Moberly: Edward Dwight, the subject of this sketch; and Hazel Marie, born May 21, 1886. She married Stanton Youngberg, of Minnesota, and he is at present director of the Bureau of Agriculture for the Philippine Islands. They live in Manila.

Edward Dwight Coberly attended the district schools of Franklin County and at the age of sixteen years was a teacher. He received the degree of Bachelor of Science at Ohio State University in 1905 and later completed courses in civil engineering and law. He spent thirteen years with the United States Department of Agriculture, and since March 1, 1917, has been with the Hocking Valley Railway in real estate, tax, and valuation work. At present he is vice chairman of an association of sixty three railroads in the Chicago district formed of their employees having responsible charge of various phases of the federal valuation work.

On March 6, 1907, Mr. Coberly was united in marriage with Miss Flora Amanda Weisheimer, who was born in Columbus, June 13, 1883, the daughter of Jacob and Catherine (Correll) Weisheimer. Mr. Weisheimer was born in Freimersheim by Wurms, July 11, 1833, and his wife was born in Wahiheim by Alzye, February 2, 1845. Both were natives of the Grand Duchy of Hesse. He was accidentally killed on September 26, 1913. His wife died October 30, 1906. Mr. and Mrs. Coberly have a son, Edward William, born January 13, 1908, at 554 Hillsdale Street, Helena, Montana. He is a graduate of North High School, Columbus, and attended Ohio State University. At present he is employed in the office of the auditor of receipts of the Hocking Valley Railway.

Mr. Coberly is a Republican, a member of the North Congregational Church, Columbus, and belongs to the Masonic Lodge, Huckeye Republican Club, and Acacia fraternity.

While attending Ohio State University Mr. Coberly was active in campus affairs. He was a member of the McKinley Republican Club, Townshend Literary Society, Columbus Horticultural Society, Ohio Forestry Association, associate editor of the "Agricultural Student," secretary of the Biological Club, a captain of the Cadet Batallion, a member of the Ohio Academy of Science, and was one of the organizers and first treasurer of the University Grange

On the paternal side Mr. Coberly is a descendant of Francis Coverly and Jane Luxf ell, who were married at St. James, Clerkenwell, London, England, in 1669, and shortly after emigrated to Staten Island, N. Y. The Coberly family in America is not a numerous one, there being less than 200 living in cities large enough to have a directory. Mr. Coberly is a great great grandson of Margaret Tiffin, sister of Ohio's first governor, and Judge John Gardner for many years on the Common Pleas Bench in Ross County, Ohio. Mr. Gardner was a lineal descendant of Thomas Gardner who was the first surveyor general of the province of New Jersey in the year 1686. Mr. Coberly's great grandmother Coberly was Amelia Green, a lineal descendant of Surgeon John Green of Warwick, Rhode Island, and of Roger Williams, the founder of Rhode Island. This is the same Green family which produced General Green of the Revolutionary War. In the veins of this Green family runs the blood of every royal house of Europe. Mr. Coberly traces this ancestry direct to William the Conqueror, Charlemaigne, Alfred the Great, and Constantine the Roman Emperor.

On the maternal side Mr. Coberly is a direct descendant of John Scott, third son of First Baronet of Ancrum, Roxburgshire, Scotland, who settled in New York about 1730, where he and his sons engaged in, the fur trade. Mr. Coberly's grandmother Scott, Martha Upp, is a direct descendant of the Annandale Johnstones of Scotland, and from the First Earl of Shaftesbury, who was Prime Minister of England during the reign of Charles the First.

From:
History of Franklin County, Ohio
By:Opha Moore
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka - Indianapolis 1930


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